Oak (White) Wood Flooring

Quercus alba

Sample is 3/4-by-2-1/4-inch square-edge solid strip.
Top portion is finished with water-base urethane;
bottom with oil-modified polyurethane.



Color: Heartwood is light brown; some boards may have a pinkish tint or a slight grayish cast. Sapwood is white to cream.
Grain: Open, with longer rays than red oak. Occasional crotches, swirls and burls. Plainsawn boards have a plumed or flared grain appearance; riftsawn has a tighter grain pattern, low figuring; quartersawn has a flake pattern, sometimes called tiger rays or butt
Variations Within Species And Grades: Considerable variation among boards in color and grain texture, but variations not as pronounced as in red oak.


Hardness/Janka: 1360; 5% harder than Northern red oak.
Dimensional Stability: Average (change coefficient .00365, 1% more stable than red oak).
Durability: More durable than red oak. Tannic acid in the wood protects it from fungi and insects.



Sawing/Machining: Excellent machining qualities.

Sanding: Good resistance to splitting;excellent holding abilitiy.
Nailing: Good resistance to splitting; excellent holding ability.
Finishing: Absorbs finishes more evenly than red oak. Does not bleach well.
Comments: During the finishing process, tannins at the surface can react with some liquids to turn wood gren or brown. This effect tends to be more pronounced with products that have a high water content, such as bleach and water-based finishes.


(relative to plainsawn select red oak)
Multiplier: .95


Commodity item, available in nearly all types, styles and sizes of flooring, including parquet, strip, plank and veneer, both unfinished and prefinished.